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Re: Starting ship designs EL1 (J, R/G tech) - Solar

I have to agree with Cralis and Thradin. In the early game strategic speed isn't that valuable because you are defending a smaller empire. Once you have more systems and are spread out then you can worry about strategic speed. And the solution can be Tugs or @ equipped ships. Early Ic ships are good...
by PracticalM
on Mon 26 Jul 2021 15:17
 
Forum: Starfire Unit Designs
Topic: Starting ship designs EL1 (J, R/G tech) - Solar
Replies: 7
Views: 1928

Re: Stealth Raiding

I approve of crazy drone tactics. Before Qv was on the list of prohibited systems I looked into the economics of using drones to deliver troops. I've done some interesting tricks of dropping drones, moving forward to engage, and then activating them as I retreated back over them giving them drive fi...
by PracticalM
on Tue 02 Feb 2021 16:07
 
Forum: Starfire Unit Designs
Topic: Stealth Raiding
Replies: 4
Views: 6970

2D Star Map site

I did a few searches and I don't think this was posted previously This site has a download where you can get a 24x24 grid of pdfs that have placed all the nearby star systems in a 72 light year diameter. It's only the 2D without z printed on the map but for Starfire purposes or Admiral's Challenge p...
by PracticalM
on Sat 26 Dec 2020 19:31
 
Forum: The Starless Void
Topic: 2D Star Map site
Replies: 1
Views: 2986

Re: Most current version of Starfire?

I used to have time to run a strategy game of Starfire using the ULTRA rules but my time has become harder to allocate to Starfire.

Maybe when my last child leaves the house I'll be able to find the time again.
Until then I've been playing a lot of Stellaris to get my space 4x fix
by PracticalM
on Tue 01 Dec 2020 20:11
 
Forum: General
Topic: Most current version of Starfire?
Replies: 7
Views: 6721

Re: Re-release of Stars at War - Aug 30th

One of these days, I'm going to have to take the history data from the project I did with Marvin and rebuild the Stars at War fleets in ULTRA or Solar. When my life calms down a bit I should work on it. Though I've been saying that for the last 10 years or so. My last child goes to college in 3 year...
by PracticalM
on Tue 25 Aug 2020 12:39
 
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Re-release of Stars at War - Aug 30th
Replies: 10
Views: 7750

Re: Ships of the Au Ra Confederacy

It was always my understanding that if you exceed the 20% requirement you had to pay the military hull cost and not be a Freighter hull. But if that changed in Solar, then I'm just mixing rules.

Ship with X systems always pay 15%. The questioning part for me was hull cost.
by PracticalM
on Sun 23 Aug 2020 12:56
 
Forum: Au Ra Confederacy
Topic: Ships of the Au Ra Confederacy
Replies: 8
Views: 6229

Re: Ships of the Au Ra Confederacy

In the box below the Ship Hull table, it says:
Freighters built with more than 20% military systems must be built as warships.

X is military system (Xp is not military)
by PracticalM
on Thu 20 Aug 2020 10:18
 
Forum: Au Ra Confederacy
Topic: Ships of the Au Ra Confederacy
Replies: 8
Views: 6229

Re: Ships of the Au Ra Confederacy

Don't the monitor class FT0s not have enough hull spaces to support Xb systems? Need 10 hull spaces to support Xb. Or I am remembering that wrong?
by PracticalM
on Wed 19 Aug 2020 14:50
 
Forum: Au Ra Confederacy
Topic: Ships of the Au Ra Confederacy
Replies: 8
Views: 6229

Re: FTL Communications

I've always played it that the FTL Communications is only within a single system and that thought isn't going to move through the WP. So P2 is needed to move data from system to system. I even allowed it when I built a universe where all the Starless Voids were within a 10x10 grid of StMP hexes. (I ...
by PracticalM
on Mon 17 Aug 2020 13:06
 
Forum: Solar Starfire
Topic: FTL Communications
Replies: 5
Views: 4203

Re: More Fighter/Gunboat confusion

Let's see, some opinions on the internet or the entire spreadsheets that balanced all the weapons. Gather your data and show it in a convincing way. Build some ships, with equal costs. (Extra points for attempting to balance R&D costs as well) Run simulations at different ranges. Be sure to comp...
by PracticalM
on Wed 29 Jul 2020 09:18
 
Forum: Solar Starfire
Topic: More Fighter/Gunboat confusion
Replies: 10
Views: 6856
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